Crossing the cultural boundary from home to kindergarten in Hong Kong: A case study of a child's strategic actions

Mei Seung Michelle LAM

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Abstract

Transition from home to kindergarten is the first and major ecological transition in children's educational lives in Hong Kong. In this transition, children cross a cultural boundary from home to kindergarten and start to learn about 'school' as a place to learn and about themselves as 'pupils' in kindergarten. The conceptual framework of this paper is developed from sociocultural theory and select literature on rites of passage and pupil career. Descriptive data were mainly collected from participant observations, semi-structured interviews, photovoice and review of documents. Utilising the conceptual framework, this paper describes and analyses the story of a three-year-old girl's playing and learning experiences, strategic actions and adaptation outcomes during the transition from home to kindergarten in Hong Kong. Her pattern of strategic actions fell into the dimensions of non-conformity, redefinition and adaptation, but most often fell into the dimension of non-conformity, that is, being independent with respect to formal school expectations. Her preferred strategic actions included watching, being slow to respond, ignoring, withdrawal, gentle refusal, operating in alternative ways, negotiating and following the practice and expectation of the class. Copyright © 2009 EECERA.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-145
JournalEuropean Early Childhood Education Research Journal
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009

Citation

Lam, M. S. (2009). Crossing the cultural boundary from home to kindergarten in Hong Kong: A case study of a child's strategic actions. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 17(1), 125-145.

Keywords

  • Strategic actions
  • Transition to kindergarten
  • Play and learning
  • Sociocultural theory
  • Adaptation

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